This year's Prague European Summit takes place at the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle. Topics up for discussion include the future of the Schengen Area; the implications of the UK referendum on EU membership, for both eurosceptic and mainstream pro-Europe political parties; and the likely impact of November's US presidential election on transatlantic relations.
"New Eastern Europe" is well equipped for today's stormy international relations; "Vikerkaar" explores crises of political belonging in France and Europe at large; "NLO" analyses the class war in Russian universities; "pARTisan" considers the public profile of Polish theatre; "Mittelweg 36" lets rip over liberalism's silence; "Res Publica Nowa" revisits the Siege of Kobani; "NAQD" observes Maghreb societies in the throes of transition; and "Multitudes" calls for a kind of people's quantitative easing.
Political theory has remained disturbingly silent in the face of multiple global crises, writes Regina Kreide. Can it be that the current extremity of political and economic circumstances is simply inexplicable? Or do political theorists tend to look down on social reality from too great a philosophical height?
Without the single currency, argues French economist Yann Moulier Boutang, Europe really would have plunged into a 1930s-style depression by now. The solution to the eurozone's current woes lies in a kind of "people's quantitative easing" used for social and public purposes, not just propping up financial institutions.
Once again, Turkey finds itself at the centre of a storm of conflicting international interests. As neither the deadly chaos in the Middle East nor the refugee crisis show any sign of letting up, the issue of Cyprus rumbles on. Meanwhile, the country's domestic politics remain something of a minefield.
Never have there been more refugees in the world as today: an estimated 45 million in total. So what's the current relationship between international law, emancipatory politics and the rights of the rightless? Seyla Benhabib on the urgent need to create new political vistas. [Estonian version added]
Despite cross-border conflict and domestic cuts in finance, the race to Rio is still on for Ukraine's Paralympians. Matteo Tacconi reports on the loss of the team's world class training centre in Yevpatoria, following Russia's annexation of Crimea, and on calls for the Ukrainian state to reconsider its budgetary decisions.
As privatization displaces a sense of civic responsibility on both sides of the Atlantic, care-workers become ever more isolated. Martha Albertson Fineman insists that, rather than the gender of the person doing the care work, it's the care work itself that simply isn't valued in today's society.
Author Robin Detje casts a sceptical eye on headline events during the past year in the sphere of fine art, ranging from biennales in Venice and Istanbul to a podium discussion between Alexander Garcia Düttmann and Juliane Rebentisch in Berlin.
Izolyatsia is a platform that promotes artistic and cultural initiatives. Its headquarters were in Donbas before war broke out, now they are in Kyiv. However, Izolyatsia's values remain the same: to guarantee freedom of expression. Matteo Tacconi reports.
"Kultura Liberalna" speaks to Anne Applebaum; "Osteuropa" analyses Poland's conservative revolution; "Wespennest" devotes an issue to the charismatic hormone, testosterone; "Esprit" wonders what's next after western Middle East fatigue; "Arena" asks if art is important; "Merkur" listens to echoes of Victor Hugo; and "RozRazil" goes to the pub.
The conflict over YUKOS, between Russia's two most powerful men at the time, became a turning point in post-Soviet Russian history, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko. The expropriation of YUKOS opened the way to the annexation of Crimea a decade later; meanwhile, a new Russian masculinity was born.
Author and publicist Jan Koneffke looks back on an era dominated by the testosterone-fuelled "buffone" figure of Silvio Berlusconi, tracing the myriad ways in which politics became entangled with porn, prostitutes and payments. But Matteo Renzi has scrapped all that now, hasn't he?
Amid its own economic and institutional crises, the strategically isolated West is simply unable or unwilling to understand Middle Eastern geopolitics, writes Hamit Bozarslan. But it remains an open question as to whether Russia's baleful intervention in Syria is a portent of things to come.
Following the election of the city's new mayor Ada Colau in June 2015, Barcelona has reinvented itself amid a hive of social, cultural and political activism. Ann Marie Utratel explains how the city's transformation resonates with inspired efforts to realign collaborative economies with the commons paradigm.
Recent urban development in Moldova's capital city Chisinau is in many ways typical of other post-Soviet cities where aggressive privatization and the de-industrialization of urban economies have prompted the rise of social inequality. Sociologist and urban activist Vitalie Sprinceana describes how Chisinau's citizens and activists are rehabilitating urban space by forging new urban networks and creative communities.
After 100 days in power, Poland's nationalist right-wing government expressed its desire to completely transform Polish culture. As the anticipated assault on the country's national culture gets underway, journalist and activist Igor Stokfiszewski of Krytyka Polityczna considers the threat that this blinkered approach poses to the vibrancy and diversity of grassroots cultural initiatives.
Silence the speaker; divide and rule the audience. If that seems extreme, attack not what is said but its potentially upsetting or offensive "tone". Thomas Docherty reports on the insidious attempts of governments to inhibit academic freedom in the UK and internationally. [Russian version added]
Just because something can't work or doesn't work, doesn't mean people aren't going to try it, says US journalist and author Anne Applebaum: just because it's a bad idea to break up Europe doesn't mean people won't want to try that too.
Carl Henrik Fredriksson considers the rather misguided notion that Russia under Vladimir Putin may have become a threat to security in Europe. In fact, Russia's contraventions of international treaties during the last decade render the very concept of European security null and void.